UK’s Guardian launches citizen journalism site

Apr 18, 2013   //   by admin   //   Blog  //  15 Comments

By Jane Fazackarley (Guest Contributor/Digital Journalist)

The Guardian newspaper is inviting would-be journalists to contribute to its new citizen journalism site. Citizen journalists will have the opportunity to add photos, stories and videos to the new site, which is called Guardian Witness.

News stories will be read by staff before being published; as well as appearing on theGuardian Witness news site, video footage will also appear on YouTube and stories submitted by citizen journalists could also appear on The Guardian or The Observer website.

Joanna Geary, the Guardian’s social and communities editor, said:”At the Guardian we have a long history of getting our readers involved in our journalism. In the last few years alone our readers have helped us to review MPs’ expenses documents, follow the UK riots, gain real-time insights into the Arab Spring as events in the Middle East unfolded and challenge the government’s employment schemes.”

GuardianWitness will further reinforce our recognition that journalism is now a two-way conversation and will open up our site as we never have before. Not only will this make it even easier for our readers to get involved in our journalism and form both local and global communities of joint interest, it will also provide our journalists with a fantastic new tool, providing them with insights and views that we perhaps don’t yet have access to.

“We can’t wait to see how the platform grows and develops in the coming months and look forward to sharing some of the best contributions with our global audience.”

As part of the new site, there is an assignment section for contributors to take part in. When I looked earlier some of the assignments included views of tall buildings, Record Store Day, delayed spring and Syrian refugees. More details about the site can be found here.

Citizen journalists will also soon have the opportunity to join The site invites submissions of written content, video and photography, which can be uploaded to the marketplace by contributors. will also have an assignment feature on the site; an app will allow contributors to create and upload stories.

Anyone interested in can register their interest here.

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